Content-based image retrieval (CBIR) has become an interesting and urgent research topic due to the increase of necessity of indexing and classification of multimedia content in large databases. The low level visual descriptors, such as color-based, texture-based and shape-based descriptors, have been used for the CBIR task. In this paper we propose a color-based descriptor which describes well image contents, integrating both global feature provided by dominant color and local features provided by color correlogram. The performance of the proposed descriptor, called Dominant Color Correlogram descriptor (DCCD), is evaluated comparing with some MPEG-7 visual descriptors and other color-based descriptors reported in the literature, using two image datasets with different size and contents. The performance of the proposed descriptor is assessed using three different metrics commonly used in image retrieval task, which are ARP (Average Retrieval Precision), ARR (Average Retrieval Rate) and ANMRR (Average Normalized Modified Retrieval Rank). Also precision-recall curves are provided to show a better performance of the proposed descriptor compared with other color-based descriptors.